Saturday, June 10, 2017

Andersonville 'Midsommarfest'

The gallery is open. The AC is on, and I have refreshments. Stop by if you need a break for the festivities and the heat.
Michael McGuire - 2 new untitled drawings - India Ink, Acrylic Paint on Arches Watercolor Paper - 40 x 26 inches each
East Gallery Wall - 2 Framed Michael McGuire Drawings, a large Michelle Peterson Albandoz 'X' piece
The West Wall of the Gallery - All pieces by Michelle Peterson Albandoz
Michael McGuire - Untitled 'City' Drawing - Acrylic Paint on Arches - 40 x 26 inches

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Recent Color Studies

Color is definitely in my head this spring. Some people say it is a reaction to the Trump era. I like to thing I'm working on adding another skill set. Color is hard,and I am not a natural, but I have learned a few things. Not sure where I am going with this impulse but small studies seem like a good place to figure it out.

I just finished a commission of large 'City' drawings that involved a bit of cautious color. These drawings will be heading to Sao Paulo and the imagery seems appropriate to a city of that size. 

Michael McGuire - 4 'City' Drawings - Acrylic Paint on Paper - 40 x 26 inches each

These drawings required me to look at both the acrylic paint and the paint pens I had on-hand and I ended up making a series of samplers that looked something like these. I had more earlier in the month but I have been giving them away as gifts. They are small and definitely have the feel of a study. My immediate impulse are the psychedelic color combinations. I was all those early rock posters on which I was raised. I think too that is has something to do with challenging my eyesight which becomes weaker every year.



Directly from these came a series of small city studies. Each of these are sized at 8.5 x 5.5 inches.



I got a little political on the last study.

On to something larger this weekend.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Enlarged Drawings In Ralph Lauren Window


The Ralph Lauren Corporation, always a big supporter of me and my work, has recently put enlargements of a few of my ink drawings in some of the store window across the world. Not every store, but quite a few including, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Bal Harbor, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong...   The original drawings are small and were part of a series that I made last summer working in the garden behind the studio. It would not have occurred to me to print them at this scale nor to make one into a folding screen, but the result is spectacular. I hope to get better photos next week. The displays are scheduled to be up through the middle of June.
Michael McGuire - Untitled Drawings - India Ink on Paper

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Monoprints

I enjoyed making the 'Obama' block print last winter and have been wanting to play with the technique a bit more. I purchased a five small linoleum blocks to experiment with and opted not to cut into them - I printed the blocks as they came from store. In the later monoprints I cut one block down to a slightly narrower size to shift the grid. Not sure what I'm after here but these fall into the category of drawings where I do not do any traditional drawing. The texture is evocative and I was seeing film negatives a few.  Some of them have dimensions etc. because I sent images out to a few interested parties.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

On The Walls This Week - March 18, 2017

Unframed Drawings on the East Wall - 40 x 26 inches each
Three Pieces by Michelle Peterson Albandoz. the piece on the left is a collaboration between Michelle and myself.
Detail
The East Wall Rear. Pieces by myself, Brian Schutz, Jeff Janson and Michelle Peterson Albandoz

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Odds and Ends - March 2017

This week I've sent out images to two clients, no response yet. That is not unusual, these things take time, people need a few days to make decisions. In the meantime I'm posting some of the images I sent them, and a few other odds and ends. Some of these have been posted on this blog before, but most were dug out of the files - oddballs  experiments and studies that are not often seen.




  
















Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I'm Tempted To Call This Series 'Elaborate Cages'

Michael McGuire - Girder And Panel 22 - India Ink on Arches - 40 x 26 inches

Michael McGuire - Girder And Panel 23, 24 - India Ink on Arches - 40 x 26 inches
Michael McGuire - Untitled - Acrylic Paint on Panel - 12 x 12 inches
Detail
'Elaborate Cages' seems an apt title for this latest group of work given the political box we find ourselves in at this time. How did we get here? We went from the relative stability of the Obama years to utter chaos. The term cages could also refer to emotional or personal cages we have built for ourselves. Which ever definition you lean towards, these cages may be beautiful, they may give a sense of freedom and direction, but we are trapped and we have constructed them ourselves.